Thanks to Bluetooth technology, the portable speaker market flourishes. Oddly, not many non-portable speaker systems leverage on this wonderful wireless audio streaming technology, much less one that’s packs a serious punch (think flooring standing speaker). Thankfully, Fluance, an outfit formed by self-described “engineers of serious performance,” is not ignoring this void. They have created a floorstanding speaker, dubbed Fi170, that’s loaded with dual 8” woofers, 5” woven glass fiber midrange drivers and 1” neodymium tweeters.
The 6-driver setup is bolstered by handmade wood cabinet with tuned rear port bass reflex and built-in amplifier that promised to deliver 280 watt of warm, natural sound. It uses Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with aptX support to enable wireless streaming from services like Spotify and Pandora, or playing tracks from your favorite playlists from any Bluetooth-enabled media devices. The Fi170 comes standard with an integrated equalizer for fine tuning treble and bass.
Other noteworthy mentions include built-in digital AM/FM radio function, LED display, a 3.5mm auxiliary input, a USB port for charging your USB-powered mobile devices, Optical input (Digital TOSlink), touch controls that blend seamlessly into the wood cabinet, and 18-gauge internal lead wire to minimize signal degradation. Fluance Fi170 stands out as one of the rare floorstanding with native wireless streaming. And in case that hasn’t got your attention yet, perhaps its unique, retro-contemporary aesthetic would.
Seriously, with a look like this, it is hard to ignore the Fluance Fi70. Fluance Fi70 Floorstanding Wireless Speaker comes in a choice of wood material: Black Ash, Lucky Bamboo and Natural Walnut and is available as we speaker from Fluance web store for $499.99.